The Audi A5 is a luxury coupé, which was unveiled simultaneously at the Geneva Motor Show and Melbourne International Motor Show on March 6, 2007 and is expected to be released by Audi later in the year. Audi has billed the large coupé as a grand tourer to compete against the likes of the BMW E92 (BMW 3-Series coupe) and the Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class. On May 10, 2006, Audi confirmed that the A5 would go into production.
The A5 is the coupe variant of the next, 3rd generation, A4 model though unusually for a manufacturer Audi has launched the A5 before the saloon and estate of the next A4. The A5 also marks Audi's return to the mid-size coupe market since the (B3/B4) Audi 80 based Coupe model went of production in 1996 - the Mk 2 (B6/B7) A4 spawning a convertible variant but not a coupe.
The A5 is notable for its departure from Audi's trademark "overhung" engine mounting position over the front axle, in favour of the powertrain being located behind the front axle - in an effort to achieve a more even weight distribution (55/45) between the front and rear wheels.
The Audi A5 is the next model to be released following the second generation TT and R8 models. The A5 has adopted many elements of the Nuvolari concept which had a 600 bhp bi-turbo V10. The A5 will début with the 3.2 Liter V6 engine delivering 265 horsepower. The new A5 platform is based on a modular design that will also allow the next generation A4 and A6 models to benefit from the more rear situated engine placement.
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For 2010, Audi follows the A5/S5 coupe with the A5/S5 Cabriolet. The cabriolet will have the same choice of engines as the coupe for the 2010 model year save a few exceptions. Notably, the S5 Coupe will continue to maintain the 4.2L 8-Cylinder FSI engine producing 354 hp while the cabriolet version will have a new supercharged 3.0L 6-cylinder engine producing 333 hp. The A5 can be mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or the seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic transmission, although the only choice of transmission for the S5 Cabriolet will be the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The cabriolet counterparts also buck the current trend for folding metal origami roofs and settles for a simple folding softtop that opens in 15 seconds and closes in 17 seconds. In Europe, prices start at €37,300 and delivery begins in the second quarter of 2009. America, on the other hand will have to wait until the Fall of 2009. 
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As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:
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The A5 is available with four engine options:
- 3.2L V6 FSI producing 265 PS (265 hp/195 kW and 330Nm of torque); 0–100 km in 6.6s.
- 1.8L TFSI producing 170 PS (125 kW)
- 2.7L V6 TDI producing 190 PS (187 hp/140 kW and 400Nm of torque); 0–100 km in 7.6s, top speed is 232 km/h.
- 3.0L V6 TDI producing 240 PS (236 hp/176 kW)
There may also be an RS version of the A5 called the RS5. Its main competitor will be the BMW M3 coupe and will most probably have the 4.2L V8 from the RS4, producing 420 horsepower.
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The Audi A5 topped the Which? Car Owner's Satisfaction survey with the score of 97%.
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- 2007 Most Beautiful Coupe in the World
- Official Audi A5 microsite
- Elegance and Dynamism: The New Audi A5 / Audi S5 via AudiWorld
- Audi A5 Photo Gallery including Spy Photos, Press Photos and More
- The German Car Blog - Audi: Let's take a look at Audi's future!
- Audi leaks A5 images! Motor Authority
- Audi releases official info on A5 / S5 with NEW PICS! Autoblog
- Audi A5 TDI wins 2007 Michelin Challenge Bibendum
- Audi A5 Coupe with 53mpg 2.0 TDI Available for Order in the U.K.
- 2010 Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet unveiled just in time for winter
- 2010 Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet: 25 High-Res Photos and Official Details
- 2010 Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet revealed
- 2009 Audi A5 Convertible Pictures Leak Out Ahead Of Official Unveil
- Pics Aplenty: Audi A5, S5 Cabriolet